Talent Development Articles

May 02, 2016

The Differences Between Coaching and Mentoring and How They Benefit Your Organization

At Insala, before we assist in setting up a mentoring program for our clients we make sure all stakeholders are clear of the definition of what mentoring really is, through our consulting workshop called “M.O.R.E.”. There can be many misperceptions and it can be sometimes confused with coaching. We ... More

April 26, 2016

Enhancing Career Development Through Mentoring

There is a shift currently happening in our day and age; the shift in the work force. With 4 generations of people in the work force today; there is a very diverse way of approaching tasks. However, we are slowly losing our strong footing; the baby boomers. In 2016, a myriad of baby boomers are at r... More

April 20, 2016

Flash Mentoring - The Global Employee Knowledge Sharing Network

We all know what mentoring is in general, did you know there are different types of mentoring? This includes group mentoring, mentoring circles and now with the growing tech crowd, the trend is moving towards online mentoring software and more instant forms of mentoring; like flash mentoring. ... More

April 15, 2016

Distance Mentoring - Your Global Mentoring Program

We have seen an uptake of global mentoring programs in the last few years since online mentoring software can support these types of programs better than years ago, this means distance mentoring is on the rise. We asked Stephen Grindrod, Managing Director of Career Services, on the best practi... More

April 13, 2016

Recruiting Qualified Mentors for Your Mentor Program

Recruiting mentors can often be a challenge for most organizations when launching a mentoring program, since employees are having to give up some of their time to support others. Here are some tips by Stephen Grindrod to get more willing mentors to enroll your program, that not only motivated b... More

April 08, 2016

What Happens if There is a Bad Mentor Match?

After being matched with a mentor, the mentee has more than likely invested a good amount of time getting to know their mentor and already started to work on their developmental needs. However, sometimes the mentee may feel the match isn’t quite what they’d hoped it would be. What would be the smart... More

April 01, 2016

Once Matched With a Mentor, What's Next?

As a mentoring program administrator, you have probably already invested a lot of time in matching mentors, now how do you keep the relationship alive, and make sure the mentee receives the learning that they need? We interviewed Stephen Grindrod, Managing Director of Career Services an... More

March 21, 2016

How Matching Software Can Benefit Your Mentor Program

Mentor Matching Software is a tool that can be implemented to assist your organization in your perfect mentor program. There are a lot of questions that could be posed when starting a mentor program, one of which is how do mentees find the mentor that will suit their needs? For insight i... More

March 14, 2016

7 Best Practices for Matching Mentors and Mentees

Matching mentors and mentees is the core activity when managing a mentoring program. Without starting with a sturdy match as your foundation, the structure of the mentor relationship could prove futile. Here are 7 tips to get your program off to a great start. 1. Identify the business objective ... More

March 07, 2016

7 Steps to Finding Your Perfect Mentor

Clearly define what you would like to get out of the mentoring partnership, both developmentally, and personally. Whether it be baby steps up the corporate ladder; specific skill training, or just an overall improvement on the way you work, find your reason in your mentoring partnership. What is you... More

March 02, 2016

How Millennials Fit into a Diverse Workplace

Diversity and Inclusion are more than just hashtags and buzzwords; millennials believe they are essential to being successful. The workplace is becoming more diverse; and finding a way to manage the different generations is a growing concern for organizations. Millennials (those born between 1984 an... More

February 17, 2016

Enhancing Diversity as Part of Your Business Strategy

In today’s ever changing business landscape, diversity can make you sink or swim. Organizations who have implemented diversity plans are those on the forefront of development and change. There are a few steps that can be taken in the direction of spurring a beautifully diverse organization. 1. ... More

February 15, 2016

Companies Who Have Successful Diversity Programs

Diversity is one of the core growth principals of successful organizations with the concept of ROI-Based Diversity following a simple proposition: the more audiences you market your services or products to, the more opportunities you create to generate revenue. Accordingly, the more diverse potentia... More

February 10, 2016

How to Improve Diversity Within Leadership Teams

When you think of your prototypical mentor, you probably picture a seasoned professional like a Caucasian male with an impressive title and well-tailored suit. While this mentor type may work well for some companies, oftentimes organizations will find that their new, more varied employee demographic... More

February 03, 2016

5 Tips for Planning a Mentoring Program for Diversity

In today’s organizations, managers must respond to the needs of increasingly diverse employees. Many organizations have instituted diversity training programs to help understand and utilize the unique contributions of all employees by creating an inclusive work environment. However, minority employe... More

January 13, 2016

Top 10 Tips For Being a Good Mentee

When dealing with a mentorship, there are a few things to be taken into consideration. A good mentor is constantly aware and improving his or her skills, so the mentee must learn how to a better mentee. If the two cogs fit symbiotically, it can blossom into a valuable relationship. 1. Remember That... More

January 08, 2016

Why Become a Mentor

Individuals who volunteer to be mentors often do so for the intrinsic value they receive from carrying out this role; for the purpose of giving to another colleague. For people who are younger or less experienced, mentors who share their knowledge and experiences with mentees can change the world fo... More

January 04, 2016

Recruiting Mentors for your Mentoring Program

The major challenges and misconceptions in recruiting mentors The greatest challenge in recruiting and retaining mentors is largely due to a lack of understanding about what the role of mentor requires. This is normally based on two most likely misconceptions. The first regards the amount and leng... More

December 23, 2015

The Role of Women Mentors in Closing the Gender Leadership Gap

CEOs who understand the impact that gender equality has on their business, know it is critically important to address this issue; that it is the smart thing to do for financial reasons as well as ethical ones. However, gender equality goals cannot be met without solid strategies for how to address t... More

December 17, 2015

Women-led mentoring leads to an increase in the bottom line

Today, women comprise almost half of the workforce. Women are a strong force in the economy. However, according to a recent CNN Money Analysis article Still Missing: Female Business Leaders “only 14.2% of the top five leadership positions at the companies in the S&P 500 are held by women. It's e... More

December 17, 2015

The Benefits of a Lasting Association with your Employees

Many organizations and their employees are not yet receiving the mutual benefits of the ongoing and lasting association inherent in corporate alumni programs. The career long benefits for alumnus and the payback for companies who have alumni programs are well documented. Very few companies have an ... More

December 16, 2015

Mentoring as a Talent Development Strategy

Talent development has traditionally been met using training and coaching solutions that can be effective but also expensive per capita. Although not mutually exclusive, mentoring as part of a talent development strategy has a forward-looking, growth-oriented vantage point. Mentoring encompasses coa... More

December 11, 2015

Alumni programs across all industry sectors

Recently several major trends including – the “war for talent,” changing attitudes towards work, employee employer relationships, and the adoption of cloud-based technologies – have encouraged companies across all industry sectors, to proceed with major initiatives to gather their intangible assets ... More

December 10, 2015

Guide to starting a mentoring program, Part 4: Manager/Supervisor training

An important step that is often overlooked in the process of launching a mentoring program is training the managers of mentees / mentors to enable and facilitate mentoring relationships. While managers are not directly involved in the mentoring process as are the mentees and mentors, they play an im... More

December 09, 2015

3 ways alumni programs improve organizational productivity

Alumni programs are an effective solution for companies wanting to stay connected with former employees. However, these programs can also serve as a valuable tool for helping organizations improve productivity among their current employees. Alumni programs can help a company better achieve its goal... More

December 03, 2015

Encouraging workplace diversity through mentoring

Employers are routinely employing policies that foster diversity in the workplace. Diversity is often tied to the age, gender, and ethnicity of employees. These elements are part of workplace diversity, but organizations may also need to be concerned with professional diversity: creating a workforce... More

December 02, 2015

Alumni relations for business development

One of the main benefits of establishing a strong alumni program is the potential of new revenue derived from referrals by alumni to new business. Previous employees are in an ideal position to refer you to new clients, especially if they move on to employment in an industry that uses solutions offe... More

November 30, 2015

Guide to starting a mentoring program, Part 3: Mentor training

After the creation of a business case, setting up all elements to ensure success and matching qualified mentors and mentees, the next step in establishing a corporate mentoring program is mentor training. The goal of this phase is to ensure that mentors understand what is expected of them and how to... More

November 17, 2015

Using alumni data to improve program engagement

To make a corporate alumni program active and engaging, it is important to understand the needs of both current and future alumni. The best way to gain this understanding is through the analysis of alumni program data: these numbers offer empirical evidence about the behavior and interests of alumni... More

November 16, 2015

Guide to starting a mentoring program, Part 2: Mentee training

Once a business case for a mentoring program has been agreed on, you will need to consider how you will qualify and train your mentees. A well-trained mentee stands to gain much more from a mentoring program than one who is unsure about their role or how they will be expected to contribute. There a... More

November 11, 2015

Next Level Alumni Management: Growing an Existing Alumni Program

The full benefits of corporate alumni programs are only realized by companies that have highly effective alumni networks in place. Many organizations struggle in the growth period between the beginning of their alumni program and its development into an engaging channel that helps them achieve busin... More

November 10, 2015

Guide to starting a mentoring program, Part 1: Building the business case

The first step to success for any mentoring program is positioning it as a vital component of organizational growth. Many proponents of mentoring struggle during this early step: company leaders are often skeptical about the need for a mentoring program and how exactly it will benefit the organizati... More

October 30, 2015

How to start a mentoring program without software

A successful corporate mentoring program requires a strong plan of action, measurable goals, and an understanding of what is required from everyone involved. While mentoring software can make your program more effective and easier to manage, there are several things that should be done to get your p... More

October 23, 2015

Managing the Cultural Fit Challenge with Corporate Alumni Recruitment

Today's corporate recruiters face many challenges. As employees become increasingly mobile, top talent is becoming harder to both attract and retain. Recruiting candidates that are a good cultural fit is another critical challenge for recruiters. Katherine Klein at the University of Pennsylvania's ... More

October 21, 2015

9 Benefits of Corporate Mentoring for Your Organization

Doing successful, profitable business in today’s fast-paced, competitive, and demanding world means finding the lowest-cost, highest-quality solutions for your organization’s needs. There is no question that your greatest asset is your people and their collective knowledge capital, and that strategi... More

October 16, 2015

Employee Referrals: The Hidden Benefit of Alumni Relations

An engaged alumni network provides cost effective access to top-caliber talent and serves as a channel for business development, but there is another benefit of alumni relations that is not often talked about: referrals from former employees. In a recent study conducted by iCIMS, it was reported th... More

October 14, 2015

Benefits of Corporate Mentoring Programs for Onboarding: Case Study

When applied effectively, mentoring for onboarding is a powerful tool for improving the efficiency with which new hires are assimilated into the organization. Insala worked with a client experiencing three significant challenges in their onboarding program: Slow time-to-productivity and difficul... More

October 13, 2015

The role of Mentoring and Alumni relations in a career progression plan

Today's employees are increasingly focused on their personal career progression, both inside their current organization and beyond it. This represents a significant shift from previous generations of workers, where the ideal career track was to stay at one company and work one's way "up the lad... More

October 08, 2015

How employee motivation and retention has changed in 7 years

In 2008, we published an article about how to motivate and retain top talent through employee engagement. In it, we mentioned a Gallup study that showed only 30% of the U.S. workforce was engaged with their jobs. Seven years have passed, and the needle hasn't moved much when it comes to engagement:... More

October 04, 2015

4 Ways to Address Employee Engagement With HR Software in 2016

In a recent interview, HR thought leader Josh Bersin describes employee engagement as the number one issue facing corporate human resources teams today. Why is engagement so critical to the modern workplace? Recent years have seen several shifts in the employer-employee relationship: The younge... More

October 04, 2015

Three risks of managing corporate alumni on social media

Many organizations are tempted to establish and manage their alumni community on a social media network like LinkedIn. This is a dangerous foundation. The "Rented Land" Problem On a recent episode of his podcast, content marketing thought leader Joe Pulizzi talked about the flaws of buil... More

September 24, 2015

Alumni Relations Have Become a Cultural Magnet for High Potentials

The current generation of high potential employees doesn't expect to stay at a position forever. When evaluating a prospective role or employer, workers are already thinking about how the skills and experience they will gain there will help them later in their careers. The most desirable corporate ... More

September 22, 2015

Video and Mentoring Fill the Corporate Learning and Development Gap

There is a substantial disconnect between the kind of corporate learning that employees expect from their employers and what they actually receive. The gap is most notable in two particular areas of learning and development: Technology – Corporate learning systems are outdated and cumbersome co... More

September 21, 2015

Corporate Alumni Management Best Practices Checklist

Many companies that understand the benefits of alumni programs are past the planning and implementation phase: they are focusing on developing their program to engage with their alumni. To achieve high levels of engagement with corporate alumni, it is necessary to integrate the alumni management so... More

September 16, 2015

Performance Management Best Practices for 2016 and Beyond

An increase in career mobility in the modern workforce has led to a change in the way organizations need to approach performance management. The generation of corporate movement is upon us and whether you believe it or not, your company is participating. In this climate of free agents and career mov... More

September 14, 2015

How to Increase Alumni Engagement With Segmentation

For corporate alumni programs to be successful, they must offer relevant content and opportunities to all alumni participants. The huge amount of correspondence that people receive through email and social media makes this a necessity for an engaging alumni program. An effectively segmented alumni ... More

September 10, 2015

Corporate mentoring to maximize the value of short term employees

A free agent mentor is defined as a “short term” employee who transfers their knowledge to other employees through a formalized corporate mentoring program. Free agent mentors allow you to retain practical skills and abilities as “employee” retention becomes more difficult. There is a troubling dis... More

September 03, 2015

How Corporate Alumni Goals Vary by Industry

Today's corporate alumni programs are more than just directories of names that receive an email newsletter every so often. The best alumni programs consist of well-cultivated networks of former employees and are tied to specific, measurable goals. The benefits of implementing an Alumni program can b... More

September 01, 2015

Corporate Mentoring for Global Sales Effectiveness

Building a global sales team presents many obstacles to efficient onboarding, training and motivation of new talent resulting in very high costs of training and a sub-par succession pipeline. The Challenge of Global Sales Effectiveness New hires on a global sales team can take much longer to get u... More

August 27, 2015

Alumni Programs for Financial Services: 3 Sources of ROI and Keys to Success

Many financial services companies today are facing a big challenge with their alumni programs: convincing management that it is a worthwhile investment. What management needs is a clear cost/benefit analysis, and a highly engaged network of corporate alumni represents three major sources of revenue... More

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